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June 19, 2023 Friendly vs Netteswell & Burnt Mill Won by 6 wickets

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They beat Netteswell and Burnt Hill
Firefighters: (Standing L-R) Steve Hamilton, Fahim Pathan, Mo Junaid, Asad Mushtaq, Umair Shahzad, Jakaria Ahmed, Ovais Ilyas, Jonathan Stebbins; (kneeling L-R) Waseem and daughter, Azaz Khalil, Syed Shah


Played at Old Harlow Cricket Ground
Report by Steve Hamilton

This was our first visit to the lavish home of Netteswell & Burnt Mill in Harlow. It was a gloomy and cloudy day with rain expected. After winning the toss seven games in succession this season we finally called it wrong and the opposition put us into the field.

We were up against an extremely powerful batting line up, packed with Herts & Essex league players.

After six overs we won our first breakthrough when Fahim Pathan at point caught Sykes off the bowling of Asad for 17.

Next wicket to fall was their captain Flewers. He had struggled throughout his innings with Waseem beating his bat numerous times. Waseem finally delivering a perfect yorker hitting the base of middle stump to remove him for 7.

Next down was the dangerous Baig, dismissed for 42 after he gave an inside edge off the bowling of Syed Shah. Our keeper Jakaria held a spectacular catch low to the ground. Syed was playing his first fixture for over 2 years and is still lethal as ever!

After 14 overs they had reached 74-3. With their main batsman Baig gone, we thought we would comfortably run through their middle order. But that was not to be the case, as Farooq and Abubaker put on 85 for a fourth wicket partnership.

Eventually, Azaz produced an unplayable delivery that was too good for Abubaker, who nicked it behind for Jakaria to take another superb catch, dismissing the batter for 26.

At the 25-over stage the opposition were 159-4. They were chirpy and confident of reaching a sizeable total.

Azaz then fired an inviting ball that tempted Farooq into hitting out, only for it to fall into the bucket hands of Junaid. He came running in from deep mid-wicket, seized the ball and sent Farooq back to the pavilion after an exhilarating 61.

Now at 174-5 off 27 overs, Netteswell began to hit out. Myself and Junaid suffered some special treatment as Fist and Burton hit a rapid 80 runs for a 6th wicket partnership in under eight overs.

Asad came on at the end to take two quick wickets. First was Burton for 42, caught and bowled, then Close, who was stumped for a duck. Fist remained unbeaten on 38 and Netteswell & Burnt Mill reached a very satisfactory total of 254-7 off 35 overs.

Now we really had to show some cojones as we have not had an opportunity to chase down a sizeable total this season and we were up against a quality side.

Jakaria only faced seven balls but got us to a flyer. He hit 2,4,6,4,4,4 - a total of 24 – before being caught. Following that entertaining start, we hit a rocky patch and slowed to 68-3 off 11 overs.

But then things started to turn in our favour. Junaid, on a duck, was dropped at first slip! This was probably the turning point of the match, as Junaid went on to score an unbeaten 85.

Lead run-scorer this season Azaz hit a rapid 34, including seven fours, and shared a 4th wicket partnership with Junaid blasting 62 in six overs.

Waseem and Junaid us took over the winning post in swashbuckling style and shared a 5th wicket partnership of 131 in just 9.1 overs!!

Both batters survived unbeaten. Junaid’s 85 included seventeen fours, while Waseem reached 66 including two sixes and ten fours.

It was a great advert for cricket. More than 500 runs were scored in the day. The game was played in good spirit and we were treated with top-class hospitality. Netteswell have already pencilled in a date for a return fixture for next season.



Netteswell & Burnt Mill 254-7 (35 overs)
J Sykes    ct Pathan b Mushtaq 17
A Biag     ct Ahmed  b Shah    42
S Flewers            b Furqan   7
A Farooq   ct Junaid b Khalil  61
A Abubaker ct Ahmed  b Khalil  26
M Fist     not out             38
H Burton   ct and    b Mushtaq 42
L Close    st Ahmed  b Mushtaq  0
Extras (b 7, lb 3, w 9, nb 2)  21
Total                         254

Waseem Furqan  7-1-24-1
Asad Mushtaq   6-1-36-3
Syed Shah      6-1-29-1
Ovais Ilyas    4-0-36-0
Steve Hamilton 3-0-27-0
Azaz Kahlil    6-0-55-2
Mo Junaid      3-0-38-0

Old Fallopians 255-4 (25.1 overs)
Jakaria Ahmed ct Flewers b Farooq 24
Umair Shahzad            b Harris  9
Mo Junaid     not out             85
Asad Mushtaq  ct Luke    b Farooq 13
Azaz Khalil   ct Burton           34
Waseem Furqan not out             66
Extras (b 21, w 4)                25
Total                             255

G Harris    7-1-50-1
A Sami      1.1-0-25-0
A Farooq    4-0-17-2
L Close     4-0-46-1
D Rodgerson 2-0-23-0
M Fist      3-0-43-0
H Burton    2-0-16-0
J Sykes     2-0-23-0

Old Fallopians won by 6 wickets

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